Frederick Charles Kenneth Wharton

Frederick Charles Kenneth Wharton

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  • Name Frederick Charles Kenneth Wharton 
    Nickname Ken 
    Born 21 Mar 1916 Smethwick, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Jan 1957 Ardmore, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [3 – Address:
    Middlemore Hospital
    100 Hospital Road
    Middlemore, Auckland New Zealan
    Buried Halesowen, Shropshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1 – Address:
    Quinton Cemetery
    Halesowen Rd
    Halesowen B62 9AF
    Person ID I11776 Wharton One Name Study
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2016 

    Father Ancestors Frederick George Wharton,   b. 1883, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1965, Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Ancestors Amy Gertrude Powell,   b. c. 1884, Smethwick, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1957, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Married 1909 Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F2382 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Stephanie Beauchant,   b. 1915, Christchurch, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1996, Yeovil, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 1938 Birmingham, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2016 17:35:44 
    Family ID F2388 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Ken Wharton - Racing Driver 1916 - 1957
    Ken Wharton Racing Car Driver 1916-1957

    Headstones
    Gravestone of Ken Wharton - Racing Car Driver 1916-1957
  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Mar 1916 - Smethwick, Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1938 - Birmingham, Warwickshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Address:
    Middlemore Hospital
    100 Hospital Road
    Middlemore, Auckland New Zealan - 12 Jan 1957 - Ardmore, Auckland, New Zealand
    Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Quinton Cemetery
    Halesowen Rd
    Halesowen B62 9AF - - Halesowen, Shropshire, England
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  • Notes 
    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Wharton

      Ken Wharton (21 March 1916, Smethwick ? 12 January 1957, Ardmore, Auckland, New Zealand) was a British racing driver from England. He competed in off-road trials, hillclimbs, and rallying, and also raced sports cars and single-seaters. He began racing in the new National 500cc Formula in his own special, and later acquired a Cooper. His World Championship Grand Prix debut was at the 1952 Swiss event, run to Formula 2 regulations, where he started from 13th position on the grid and finished 4th. He participated in a total of 15 World Championship Grands Prix, from which he scored 3 championship points.

      In 1951 he "travelled abroad, with Peter Bell's 2-litre E.R.A., to finish 3rd overall in the Susa/Mont Cenis hill-climb and 4th overall in the Aosta/Grand Saint Bernard hill-climb. With a Cooper 500 he also competed in the German Freiburg hill-climb where he was runner-up in the 500 cc class to Stirling Moss." Wharton won the Freiburg event outright in the E.R.A. on 5 August, climbing the 7.4 miles of the Schauinsland Pass,[2] in 8 minutes 5.33 seconds. On 19 August he was fastest at the Vue des Alpes hill-climb, with a time of 3 minutes 57.8 seconds.[3] He won the British Hill Climb Championship every year from 1951 to 1954, and remains the only driver to have won four successive BHCC titles. Other successes with ERA R4D included winning the Brighton Speed Trials in 1954, 1955 and 1956.

      Success in rallies included winning the Tulip Rally in 1949, 1950 and 1952, driving Fords. He also became British Trials Champion.

      On 4 July 1954, he and Peter Whitehead won the Reims 12-hour race in a Jaguar D-Type.

      In 1957 Wharton was fatally injured when his Ferrari Monza crashed in a sports car race at the Ardmore Circuit in New Zealand.
    • Link to video footage of his Fatal Crash

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdhfZMT5jZ4
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      http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/drv-whaken.html

      Name: Ken Wharton
      Nationality: Great Britain
      Date of birth: March 21, 1916 - Smethwick
      Date of death: January 12, 1957 - Ardmore Circuit, New Zealand

      Born in the middle of World War I, Wharton grew up in comfortable surroundings and at 19 was able to start racing with an Austin Seven at Donington Park. He competed wherever he could, including hillclimbs, sprints and even at the great Brooklands racing circuit. The outbreak of World War II ended all motorsport activities in Britain but Wharton was quick to return to racing when the war ended, starting out in trials.

      A trained automotive engineer, Wharton built his own racing specials in his garage - a Ford dealership - at Smethwick, a suburb of Birmingham. He raced and rallied, winning the Tulip Rally for Ford on three occasions, while also being successful on the British club scene. When the new 500cc Formula 3 came along in 1950 Wharton began racing a Cooper-JAP before returning to hillclimbing and winning a string of championships.

      He began racing in Grands Prix with a Frazer-Nash in 1952 at the opening round of the World Championship at Bremgarten in Berne. He finished fourth, which ironically would end up being his best F1 result. The Frazer-Nash was later replaced by a Cooper-Bristol but results were few and far between. Wharton began racing BRMs in Formula Libre and joined the Owen Organisation in 1954 to drive the team's Maserati 250F. He finished sixth in Berne and ran well in Britain and Spain. He also tried his hand at sports car racing with a factory Jaguar with which he won the Reims 12 Hours in 1954 with Peter Whitehead.

      In 1955 he moved on to join the Vanwall team but then suffered a nasty accident in the International Trophy at Silverstone and suffered burns to his arms and neck. In the course of 1956 he drove whatever he was offered, including a Ferrari Monza which he took to third in the Australian Tourist Trophy in Melbourne. But at the start of 1957 he was killed when he crashed the same car at the New Zealand circuit of Ardmore.

    Died:
    • Frederick Charles Kenneth Wharton of Somerset Grange 26 Somerset Road Edgbaston Birmingham died 12 Jan 1957 at Middlemore Hospital Auckland New Zealand Probate Birmingham 28 February to Frederick George Wharton automibile engineer, Amy Gertrude Wharton (wife of the said Frederick George Wharton) and Barbara Jean Wharton spinster. Effects 29280 12s 7d

  • Sources 
    1. [S260] UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).
      http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=wharton&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=in&GScntry=5&GSob=n&GSsr=321&GRid=15857499&df=all&

    2. [S136] England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2008;).
      Name: Frederick C K Wharton
      Mother's Maiden Surname: Powell
      Date of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 1916
      Registration district: Kings N
      Inferred County: Warwickshire
      Volume Number: 6d
      Page Number: 214

    3. [S51] England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1996, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;).
      Name: Frederick Charles Kenneth Wharton
      Probate Date: 28 Feb 1957
      Registry: Birmingham, England
      Death Date: 12 Jan 1957
      Death Place: Birmingham, England

    4. [S18] England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915, FreeBMD, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;).
      Name: Frederick George Wharton
      Registration Year: 1909
      Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
      Registration district: King's Norton
      Parishes for this Registration District: View Ecclesiastical Parishes associated with this Registration District
      Inferred County: Worcestershire
      Volume: 6c
      Page: 803
      Records on Page:
      Name
      Amy Gertrude Powell
      Zachariah Rollason
      Agnes Gertrude Smith
      Frederick George Wharton


    5. [S18] England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915, FreeBMD, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;).
      Name: Frederick C K Wharton
      Spouse Surname: Beauchant
      Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1938
      Registration district: Birmingham
      Inferred County: Warwickshire
      Volume Number: 6d
      Page Number: 802